Indian Container Traffic Surges 17 Percent

Indian Container Traffic Surges 17 Percent

Container traffic at major ports in India for the first quarter of fiscal 2010-11 increased by an impressive 17 percent over the same period last year, according to the latest traffic data released by the Indian Ports Association.

Total throughput for the April-June period was estimated at 1.9 million 20-foot equivalent units, up from 1.6 million TEUs in the year-ago quarter.

While all major ports boosted their throughput numbers on a year-on-year basis, the largest gains were in the ports of Jawaharlal Nehru (Nhava Sheva) and Chennai.

Traffic at Nehru, which moves nearly 60 percent of India’s total containerized traffic, surged by 12 percent to 1.09 million TEUs from 973,000 TEUs.

Chennai, the second-largest box gateway, handled a record 374,000 TEUs compared with 273,000 TEUs, registering an increase of 37 percent.

The smaller container gateways of Kolkata, Tuticorin and Cochin also reported a modest volume recovery in the first quarter.

According to the IPA, overall tonnage for April through June was up 2 percent, from 136.6 million tons to 139.2 million tons.

Among the 13 major ports in the country, Kandla emerged as the top cargo handler with throughput of 20 million tons, followed by Nehru, at 16 million tons; Visakhapatnam, at 15.7 million tons; Chennai, at 15.6 million tons; and Mumbai, at 14.2 million tons.